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Author(s): Sue McDowall
Publication type: Research report

This small exploratory study was carried out in 2021 by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) for the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa. The project is part of a wider suite of six studies commissioned by the National Library as part of their Communities of Readers initiative. This initiative foregrounds the benefits of reading for pleasure and the equitable distribution of these benefits across all communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

26 October 2021
Author(s): Jan Eyre, Sophie Watson
Publication type: Research report

This New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) research project explored the ways five diverse secondary schools shaped their timetables to support innovation in teaching and learning. The timetable is often a taken-for-granted presence in schools, even though it plays an important role in how teaching and learning are experienced. This report identifies key factors that schools may find useful to consider when making changes to their timetable.  

14 October 2021
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Esther Smaill, Sinead Overbye, Kiri Edge
Publication type: Literature review

Nā Te Wāhanga o te Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa tēnei arotakenga mātātuhi i whakaputa, hei tautoko i ngā kura tuatahi o te ara reo Pākehā e rapu huarahi ana ki te whakapakari i ā rātou hōtaka whakaako, i ā rātou hōtaka ako hoki o te reo Māori.

Ka whakamāramahia ki te pūrongo nei, kia whai aronga rautaki ngā kura tuatahi o te ara reo Pākehā mō te whakaako me te ako i te reo Māori, i te mea:

15 September 2021
Author(s): Roseanna Bourke, John O’Neill, Sue McDowall, Maria Dacre, Nicole Mincher, Vani Narayanan, Sinead Overbye, and Renee Tuifagalele
Publication type: Research report

The national COVID-19 lockdown during school Term 1 and continuing in Term 2 2020,  provided a unique context to investigate children’s experiences of informal, everyday learning in their household bubble. In Terms 3 and 4, 178 children in Years 4–8 from 10 primary schools agreed to participate in a group art-making activity and an individual interview about their experiences.  

This report documents children’s accounts of the multiple ways in which they negotiated the novel experience of forced confinement over a period of several weeks with family and whānau.  

23 August 2021
Author(s): Cathy Wylie, Cathie Johnston
Publication type: Research report

Around 600 schools have used the free, research-based Teaching, School and Leadership Practices (TSP) survey since it was first offered in  2017.  This brief report is based on interviews with 10 principals who’ve used TSP three years in a row. The report shows the principals find it informs their own development and appraisal, identifies priorities for change, allows them to check trends over time, and whether change was happening at a sustainable pace.

1 August 2021
Publication type: Commentary

NZCER submitted feedback on the Climate Change Commission's draft advice to the New Zealand Government, released February 2021.

26 June 2021
Author(s): Elliot Lawes, Cathy Wylie, Mohamed Alansari, Melanie Berg, Heleen Visser
Publication type: Research report

NZCER were commissioned by Ministry of Social Development to analyse data from the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort of over 5,000 mothers. We used data from when children were in their final months at an early learning service (ELS), and after their first year at school, to identify variables which were indicative of strong partnerships.

17 June 2021
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research summary

Investigating how climate change connects with the places we live, learn, and work can inspire climate solutions based on localised thinking. Connecting culture to place highlights opportunities for culturally-sustaining climate responses. This briefing is part of a series. Other topics include:

11 June 2021
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research summary

This briefing discusses education's role in supporting and inspiring learners on career pathways to a low-carbon future. This briefing is part of a series. Other topics include:

11 June 2021